National Guard Opens Katrina Museum In New Orleans
It was a decade ago and all of us in South Louisiana were on edge as a very powerful hurricane was moving in our directions. The storm, Hurricane Katrina, eventually turned on a more northerly course and left most of Acadiana unscathed. Points to the east were not nearly as fortunate. The storm's damage and destruction was legendary. What was even more legendary was the reaction and response of Louisiana's National Guard.
That response and those who served are being honored by a special Katrina Exhibit at the Louisiana National Guard Museum at Jackson Barracks in New Orleans. Spokesperson for the National Guard Captain Heather Englehart tells the Louisiana Radio Network one of the biggest parts of the exhibit is a Huey helicopter.
That helicopter was one that was kind of famed or known for having one of its skids go through the rooftops during Katrina.
It is estimated that over 32-thousand Louisiana Guardsmen were brought in during the rescue and recovery phase following Katrina. The exhibit honoring the tenth anniversary of the storm will be open to the public for at least the next year. The exhibit will feature several interactive stations where those who served or were served by the Guard can leave memories and share stories about their experience.